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UTA In The News — Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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Transportation grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded grants across the nation to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities program, the Portland Business Journal and Utah Business reported. UTA is a partner in the program and will draw upon a $15.6 million grant that will be administered by Portland State University. Two other UTA projects are related to the total of $300 million in DOT funding across the nation.

Supreme visit

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer will address the audience at The University of Texas at Arlington Maverick Speakers Series Special Edition at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive, MyInforms.com and the North Dallas Gazette reported.

Transportation needs

A Star-Telegram editorial said the Arlington City Council should consider UTA’s many international students on and around campus in determining future public transportation needs for the city. 

Deep learning takes on physics

Physics researchers are trying to determine if the same technology that Facebook uses to recognize faces can be used to recognize particles, Science Springs reported. Amir Farbin, a UTA associate professor of physics was quoted in the article: “There’s a high standard for physicists to accept anything new. There’s a lot of hoops to jump through to convince everybody this is right.”

Education program

The 2017 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition is taking its benchmark education program to the Fort Worth Convention Center Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, WBOY NBC 12 in West Virginia, WVIR NBC 29 in Charlottesville, Va., and many other media outlets reported. UTA will certify the educational program. Academic sponsors include UTA’s Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education.

Municipal planning

Malcolm Oliver, a planner, was featured in a Public Now article about how he has influenced cities and even countries about municipal planning and its ability to affect social change. Oliver earned his doctorate in public and urban administration from UTA.

Alumnus named CMO at Smithfield Foods

Tim Zimmer was named chief marketing officer of Smithfield Foods, eFeedLink, the Arizona Republic and many other media outlets reported. Zimmer earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA.